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Reporting from the field: Last night my husband and I had a babysitter for five blissful hours and we fled (yes, fled) to The Arlington in Ship Bottom. We were in the mood to get out of the house and out of our regular routine, and I am glad we did.

Here’s the scoop. The Arlington is a great space and not surprisingly it was full on an August Saturday. The inside is finished in warm wood and almost has a gentleman’s library feel about it, but this is not your father’s Bayberry. My heart belongs to the spring and summer, but I can definitely see coming here in the fall and winter for a cozy meal (especially since it is just four blocks south of the Causeway). And yes, that does mean they will be open year round. Plus, they have a great wooden bar in a separate room. Enough said!

As for the food, it is described as an “American menu focused on fresh and local ingredients.” We had the burrata and heirloom tomato salad to start. I lived in New York City for 12 years, of which I dined out as often as humanly possible. The salad was right on par with my favorite heirloom salads there. Cheers to the Jersey tomato! We also had a half a dozen oysters from the raw bar, which were a delicious treat. They have both east and west coast for you bivalve fans.

For dinner, we had the blackened mahi with Asian slaw and the special of the evening, which was wahoo with celery puree. Both were great, but the mahi was the winner and is a new addition to the menu. I’ve also heard great things about the swordfish with fresh corn, the Korean BBQ short ribs with grilled bok choy and the Viking Village scallops (no surprise there) with tomato shellfish broth.

It has to be noted that they have a solid wine list. This is a refreshing change if you have been drinking a lot of cheap wine that tastes like feet at BBQs all summer. Also, they have a great cocktail list. Word on the street is the Pimm’s Cup and their signature Manhattan are not to be missed. Most importantly for many patrons is their large craft beer list. Where else on LBI can you do a beer flight? Alas, we could not try them all.

Welcome to The Arlington. The combination of the atmosphere and the food make it a solid addition to the LBI restaurant scene, especially the year round one. Being a hybrid of both ends of the Island, I love that it is not a “south end place” or a “north end place.” It’s just a place for everyone.

They are open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Hint: In addition to calling, you can make reservations on Open Table as well.

- by Beth Foster deTuro
Beth Foster deTuro believes Long Beach Island is the best little sand bar in the whole world. Passionate about clams on the half shell, sailing on Barnegat Bay and taking long naps on the beach are just a few of her favorite Island activities. When is she not busy staring at the ocean she can be found pulling weeds at her cottage in Harvey Cedars.